Water

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• Globalisation Institute
• Institute for Public Policy Research
Subpage(s)Water/Fluoridation
The most basic resource needed for life, and unavailable to more than 1 billion people worldwide. :-( ...

Water is essential for life.

Scarcity

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More than 1 billion people lack access to clean drinking water.[1] Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, the Chairman and former CEO of Nestlé, stated that the answer to global water issues is privatization and that "access to water is not a public right".[2]

Threats

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Fracking can poison aquifers.

Global North

A 2016 paper in Environmental Science & Technology Letters claimed that millions of US citizens have been drinking toxic water for years.[3]

Fluoridation

Full article: Water/Fluoridation

In many countries, fluoride salts are deliberately added to drinking water in an apparent effort to improve dental health. This policy however is coming under increasing focus as a cause for concern after the systemic toxicity of fluoride is becoming better understood.

Global South

Villagers in Natwarghad (Gujarat, India) draw water from a huge communal well.

Ecological damage has let to the lowering of water tables and pollution of aquifers worldwide. This has often increased the profits of a few global trans national companies, by imperilling the drinking water of large numbers of rural people and encouraged their migration to cities.


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